Article from AFP with thanks to Rosie:
A BEIRUT newspaper has reported that Fatah al-Islam, whose fighters are under siege at a refugee camp in the north of the country, had planned a September 11-style attack on Lebanon.
“This information was obtained by questioning arrested Fatah al-Islam members,” An-Nahar said, without identifying its sources.
The paper also said that explosives seized in the country’s second largest city Tripoli, south of the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp where militants were being besieged by the army for the 15th day, came from Syria.
“Fatah al-Islam planned to attack a large hotel in the capital using four suicide truck bombs at the same time as launching suicide attacks on embassies in east and west Beirut,” the paper said.
An-Nahar also said the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamist group “planned to launch attacks on the Shekka tunnel linking Beirut to Tripoli with the aim of cutting off the north and proclaiming an Islamic state there.”
Fighting continued on Sunday around Nahr al-Bared as the deadly standoff between Lebanese troops and the militants entered its third week.
In all 97 people have been killed since May 20, including 44 soldiers and 41 Islamist gunmen, in the bloodiest internal fighting in Lebanon since the 1975-1990 civil war.
* Fatah Al-Islam is a a ragtag army of Saudi, Yemeni and other Arab jihadists, who have ties to Al Qaeda and follow Muhammads command to ‘kill and die for Allah’…
Danish ship and crew hijacked off Somalia
June 03, Article from: Agence France-Presse
SOMALI hijackers have seized a Danish cargo ship and its five Danish crew in the country’s latest case of piracy, a Kenyan maritime official said.
The Donica White was carrying building materials from Dubai to Kenya’s Mombasa port when gunmen boarded it late on Friday, Andrew Mwangura, director of the Mombasa-based East African Seafarers Assistance Programme, said.
“We expect a ransom to be demanded in the next three to four days, and we expect it to be high because the crew were all Danish nationals this time,” Mr Mwangura said.
Four other ships – an Indian dhow and three fishing vessels from Taiwan and Tanzania – are currently being held by Somali pirates, who have made the Indian Ocean corridor off their homeland among the most dangerous waters in the world.
Experts have long speculated that the pirates are using a mysterious “mother ship” to reach their targets far out at sea, and then board them using smaller speedboats.
Mr Mwangura said the hijacking of the Donica White, in heavy seas more than 130 miles (210 miles) off the coast, appeared to have been carried out that way.
“We have not seen it yet, but there has to be (a mother ship),” he said.
“Small ships like those that attacked could not have made it so far from the coast in very rough seas.”
Waters off the Somali coast, Africa’s longest, are trade routes for key commodities like oil, grains and iron ore from the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea down to the Mozambique Channel.
Thousands of merchant ships snake past the Somali coastline to the Cape of Good Hope every year.
Pirate attacks in Somali waters have mushroomed since the Islamist movement that brought a semblance of law and order during its six-month rule was ousted from Mogadishu in January.
Some of the pirates claim to be “coastguards” protecting their waters against illegal fishing and toxic waste dumping.
But the United Nations has called for international action to combat Somalia’s “plague of piracy”, saying it threatened vital aid deliveries to some one million people.